Citizens: Lockout 1913-2013

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    Citizens Lockout 1913 to 2013 Saturday 10 August 2013

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    Citizens: Lockout 1913-2013 - Episode 1

    In episode one Citizens:Lockout 1913-2013 historians and writers including Padraig Yeates, Diarmaid Ferriter, Emmet O'Connor, Francis Devine and Mary Daly trace the roots of the Lockout, depicting Dublin in 1900-1912 and the arrival of Larkinism in Ireland through the Belfast strike of 1907. Authors James Curry, Mark O’Brien and Felix Larkin give an insight into Murphy as a newspaper czar while Ciaran Wallace explores the significance of the empire in Irish identity. ‘There was no burning desire by the majority to break free,’ says Wallace ‘certainly the nationalist favoured Home Rule, but it wasn’t the British Empire, for many it was our empire’.

    We get to meet the key characters of the period Connolly, Larkin, Markievicz and Murphy and understand more of their motivation. Academic Lauren Arrington shares insights from a forthcoming biography of Markievicz on Constance Gore Booth’s journey from the big house to the picket line and ultimately 1916. Terry Fagan of the North Inner City Folklore Project through his archive collections describes the life of the poor. Producer and presenter Helen Shaw, whose grandmother Elizabeth Connolly, grew up in the Dublin city tenements, and was one of the children at Maud Gonne's 1900 protest party, explores the events, people and personalities that define the period and shape modern Irish society.

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    Today with Myles Dungan 9th August

    'Today with Myles Dungan' show featuring Padraig Yeates - author of Lockout: Dublin 1913 and a member of the 1913 Committee, Mary Daly Professor of History and Archives at University College Dublin, Ciaran Wallace historian at Trinity College Dublin and Ann Matthews writer and historian at NUI Maynooth who all feature across the series.

    A six part documentary series narrating the events that led to the landmark labour versus capital conflict in Dublin in 1913, exploring the leaders on both sides and questioning the legacy of Lockout 1913 for Ireland today.

    Starts August 10th at 6pm on RTÉ Radio 1.

    Citizens: Lockout 1913-2013 brings to life a city where 100,000 people lived in one bedroom tenements and a conflict dominated by big personalities like union leader Jim Larkin and industrialist William Martin Murphy. But while Larkin's statute dominates O'Connell Street today the lockout was a crushing defeat for the city's workers and in 1914 it was Murphy not Larkin who was honoured.

    Historian Diarmaid Ferriter, Professor of Modern Irish History at UCD, says with the Lockout 'we tend to read history backwards' and see 1913 through the prism of 1916. This series starts at 1900 with the visit of Queen Victoria to Dublin and the emerging labour, nationalist and suffrage movements. Its key characters are not just Larkin and Martin Murphy, but socialist James Connolly and women activists in the Women’s Workers Union including Larkin's sister Delia and Constance Markievicz.  'This was one where it was workers on one side and employers on the other' says Lockout historian Padraig Yeates. 'If Larkin's achievement was to unite workers for better conditions, Murphy's achievement was to unite employers, both catholic and protestant. It was a battle of personalities'.

    The series features leading historians on the period including Mary Daly, James Curry, Emmet O'Connor, Felix Larkin, Leeann Lane, Lauren Arrington as well as Diarmaid Ferriter and Padraig Yeates and includes contributions from the descendants of Connolly, Larkin, Martin Murphy and Markievicz as well as dramatic readings by actors Barry McGovern, Donna Dent, Stephen Murray and playwright Peter Sheridan. Contemporary leaders also share their views about the legacy of the Lockout including Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn, IBEC leader Danny McCoy, Irish Congress of Trade Unions leader David Begg, Former Fine Gael cabinet Minister Gemma Hussey, SIPTU Vice-President Patricia King and Senator Ivana Bacik.  Author Thomas Morrissey 

    With many thanks to RTÉ Libraries and Archives

    Citizens: Lockout 1913-2013 is an Athena Media production for RTÉ Radio 1 made with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

    Producer/presenter: Helen Shaw

    Audio editor: Amy Millar

    Original music: Michael Gallen

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